Elmar Altvater – Germany

Linked with Attac weist Versuch zurück, jede Kritik unter Gewaltverdacht zu stellen, and with SOCIALIST POLITICS AND THE CRISIS OF MARXISM.

He says (about Heiligendamm): ” … Increasingly, the G8 has come to show the strength of opposition to globalization and the desire of many people to see an alternative form of globalization to what we have at the moment. This year the issue of climate change will be particularly important, because it is threatening the survival of mankind. I don’t think we can expect the G8 to really take into account the seriousness of this problem. It is an issue that the anti-globalization movement has to put on the agenda, as a worldwide movement. Otherwise, all we will see are more statements on climate change, but nothing will come from them. (full text, May 18, 2007).

Er sagt: “Der Kapitalismus, davon bin ich … überzeugt, kann nicht durch einen ‘endogenen’ Verfall zugrundegehen; nur ein äußerer Stoß von extremer Heftigkeit im Verein mit einer glaubwürdigen Alternative könnte seinen Zusammenbruch bewirken…”. (full text).
Elmar Altvater – Germany

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Bio on wikipedia: Elmar Altvater (born 24 August 1938) was Professor of Political Science at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the Free University of Berlin, before retiring on 30 September 2004. He continues to work at the Institute, and to publish articles and books.

As a student, Altvater studied economics and sociology in Munich, and attained a doctorate with a dissertation on “Environmental Problems in the Soviet Union”. At the Otto-Suhr-Institute, he was active in socialist research groups, working with among others Klaus Busch, Wolfgang Schoeller and Frank Seelow, and he gained fame as one of Germany’s most important Marxist philosophers, who strongly influenced the political and economic theory of the 1968 generation of radicals.

In 1970, he co-founded the German journal “PROKLA – Journal for Critical Social Science” of which he remains an editor. In 1971 he became university professor in political economy at the Otto-Suhr-Institute. Apart from questions of development theory, the debt crisis, and the regulation of markets, he remains preoccupied with the effects of capitalist economies on the environment. Altvater is a renowned critic of political economy and author of numerous writings on globalization and critiques of capitalism.

A standard work is his book The Limits of Globalization (1996), written with his companion Birgit Mahnkopf.

Altvater supported the German Greens for some time, but after the military intervention in Kosovo (which as a member of the governing coalition the party had to support) increasingly maintained a critical distance. He was a member of the Bundestag Commission of Inquiry The World Economy – Challenges and Answers (1999-2002).

Nowadays he is a supporter of ATTAC and the World Social Forum … (full long text).

Read: Open letter to the Generalbundesanwaltschaft against the criminalization of critical academic research and political engagement (summary), 31st July 2007.

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Read and find him /Lese und finde ihn: on english wikipedia (scroll down); in deutschem wikipedia; mit Google video-search; mit Google scholar-search; mit Google blog-search; mit Freie Uni Berlin; mit Perlentaucher.de; with Google book-search; bei amazon; on book finder; mit Google (alle Bücher).

Heute war die Abschiedsvorlesung von Elmar Altvater. Damit geht ein Großer der kritischen Politikwissenschaft, auch wenn er natürlich nicht richtig “gehen” wird, sondern, wie Bodo Zeuner (der Institutsdirektor) meinte, nur von den Pflichten der akademischen Selbstverwaltung befreit ist und endlich Zeit hat, all das zu veröffentlichen, was noch zu veröffentlichen ist. Außerdem wird er auch weiterhin am OSI präsent sein, ein Colloquium anbieten und Diplomand/inn/en und Doktorand/inn/en betreuen … (ganzer Text).

Elmar Altvater (* 24. August 1938) ist ein ehemaliger Professor für Politikwissenschaft am Otto-Suhr-Institut der FU-Berlin. Er ist zum 30. September 2004 in den Ruhestand getreten, arbeitet aber noch weiter am Institut. (ganzer Text).

Elmar Altvater: Das Ende des Kapitalismus, wie wir ihn kennen (Buch, Abstrakt des Vortrages).

Nicht mehr alle Tassen im Schrank, Mai 19, 1999.

Geldwäsche – Erste Überlegungen, 29 pdf-pages, nicht datiert.

links:

Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft;

Der Letzte macht das Licht aus;

Jenseits von Eden;

gpg-Net;

Pathways to Industrialization and Regional Development;

Der Sound des Sachzwangs – Der Globalisierungs-Reader (Broschiert);

Strategies of Visualization;

ATTAC.de;

Vital reading for eco-socialists;

Gazette, 1998.

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